Speculative reconstruction of launching Dimorphodon macronyx
for “All Yesterdays: The LITC Contest” - [link]Dimorphodon
is small, early Jurassic pterosaur with wingspan of about 1.40 meter. It’s easily recognizable for its head, relatively small wings and long tail.
Here, I depicted Dimorphodon
with speculative, low keratinous crest which extends from the top of the skull along its length, and dewlap with scaly integument.
Since the point of the contest is not only to depict speculative behavior or anatomical features, but to create artistically unusual paleoart, I went with more impressionistic approach than my usual style, adding just a pinch of surrealism with the clouds resembling azhdarchis pterosaur. This silhouette is hinting at the future of Pterosauria, when true giants will rule the skies.
Reference: Jaime Headden’s
skeletal drawing - [link]